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Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox to serve as Acting Director of NIMHD
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announced today the appointment of Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., as NIMHD's acting director. This appointment follows Dr. John Ruffin's announcement last month of his retirement from federal service and as director of NIMHD after 24 years.


NIH opens research hospital to outside scientists
Ten projects that will enable non-government researchers to conduct clinical research at the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md. were announced today. Through these three-year, renewable awards of up to $500,000 per year, scientists from institutions across the United States will collaborate with government scientists in a highly specialized hospital setting. The NIH Clinical Center is the largest hospital in the nation devoted entirely to clinical research.


NICHD and Spelman College Partner on Wellness Initiative
NICHD and Spelman College have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on projects to promote the health of Spelman students, faculty, and staff. These health projects will include nutrition, fitness education, and physical activity promotion.


NIH intends to continue support for Extramural-Intramural Collaborations
In a Notice of Intent, officials at NICHD and other NIH institutes and centers announced that they plan to continue a program supporting research collaborations between Extramural researchers (those outside the NIH) and Intramural researchers (those within the NIH). The effort seeks to foster projects that make the resources of the NIH Clinical Center available to Extramural researchers.


Experts describe research needed to reduce air pollution from stoves in developing world
In the June NICHD Research Perspectives, NIH researchers and other experts described the health risks of indoor air pollution caused by cooking fires in the developing world and the research that needs to be undertaken to solve this problem.


Research Funding News: New policy on NIH grant awards, new NICHD funding strategies
A new policy has been posted on the NIH Web site regarding NIH Fiscal Operations for the remainder of FY 2013 in light of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (P.L. 113-6), signed by President Obama on March 26, 2013, and the sequestration provisions of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act.


Drug safety for children and pregnant women topic of March NICHD Director’s Podcast
Once the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approves a drug, physicians can use their best judgment to prescribe it to their patients—whether or not their patients are similar to those who took part in the clinical trials. Physicians can also prescribe drugs for diseases or conditions other than those for which they were originally tested.


Scientific Vision: The Next Decade
The NICHD embarked upon a collaborative process in 2011 to create a scientific Vision, identifying the most promising scientific opportunities for the Institute and its partners to pursue over the next decade. The newly published Scientific Vision statement presents the results of that process and outlines scientific goals for the coming decade.


Research for a Lifetime: Commemorating the NICHD’s 50th Anniversary
On October 17, 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed into law the legislation establishing the NICHD to examine “the complex process of human development from conception to old age.” The Institute marks its golden anniversary with Research for a Lifetime, an all-day scientific colloquium to highlight the Institute’s mission, accomplishments, and future research directions.


National Children's Study Research Day at NIH
​​The NICHD invites potential research collaborators to come learn about the progress and protocols of the National Children's Study on August 24, 2011, at Natcher Conference Center on the NIH main campus.


National Children's Study Launches Recruitment at Two Vanguard Locations
​After years of intensive research and planning, the National Children's Study will begin recruiting for its 100,000 participants in mid-January 2009.


National Children's Study Announces Addition of New Study Centers
​NICHD names the 27 study centers that will be funded in 2008, bringing the total of new and existing study centers to 36 and covering a total of 72 study locations.


For the Health of All Children
​The National Children’s Study announces the addition of new study centers in dozens of communities around the United States.


An Opportunity to Improve the Course of Children's Health
​The National Children's Study is expanding and, in preparation, issued a request for proposals (RFP) to support 15 to 20 new Study centers.


Announcement of Vanguard Centers, National Children's Study
Good afternoon. Welcome and thank you for coming. I'd like to thank the United States Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Richard Carmona for being with us today.


National Children's Study Seeks to Explain Hispanic Child Health Disparities
Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic minority group in the country, and by 2050, one of every four Americans will be Hispanic. (Population projections can be found on the U.S. Census Web site in Table 1a at


National Children's Study Seeks to Explain Native American Child Health Disparities
The U.S. Census Bureau reports that there are approximately 2.5 million American Indians in the United States, constituting 0.9 percent of the total population, and that they live primarily in the West, Southwest, and Midwest. Modest growth of these communities is predicted in the next few decades (


NICHD Announces Contracts to First Research Centers for Planned National Children's Study
The National Children's Study-planned to be the largest study ever undertaken to assess the effects of the environment on child and adult health-took a major step forward today with the announcement that contracts have been awarded to 6 Vanguard Centers to pilot and complete the first phases of the Study.


Remarks of Richard H. Carmona, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, United States Surgeon General: Announcement of Vanguard Centers, National Children's Study
Thank you, Dr. Alexander. I'm happy to be here today as we embark upon the promise of the National Children's Study. As you mentioned, the 2005 agenda of the Office of the Surgeon General can be summed up in six words: "The Year of The Healthy Child."


Media Availability for the National Children's Study Assembly Meeting
Media availability with leading health and environment officials to provide the latest information on the development of the National Children's Study, a groundbreaking, long-term research project to examine the environmental influences on children's health and development.


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